Yes, it the 13th day of the month today and it’s Friday! Are you superstitious at all about this day laced with dark tales and the cause of worry for so many people around the globe!? Let’s take a look at some of the beliefs and misconceptions about this day. Some of the facts are quite interesting.
1.) “Friday the 13th”, released in 1980 grossed almost 40 million during it’s first cinema run.
2.) Friday the 13th happens at least once per year and as many as three times per year.
3.) The “mini crash” of Friday, October 12, 1989 was the second largest drop in the Dow history.
4.) Approximately 21 million Americans fear Friday the 13th.
5.) Fear of the number 13 is known as triskaidekaphobia.
6.) Fear of Friday the 13th is known as paraskavedekatriaphobia.
7.) People in Spanish-speaking nations fear Tuesday the 13th.
8.) Both ancient Eqyptians and Chinese thought that 13 brought good luck.
9.) The capsule in the Apollo 13 mission launched at 13:13 on April 11, 1970 and was almost a tragedy. The explosion that destroyed the craft occurred on April 13th, a Monday.
10.) Tattoo parlors around the country offer tats of the number 13 for $13. Dallas tattoo artist Oliver Peck started the tradition.
11.) President Franklin D. Roosevelt refused to travel on the 13th of any month and would not have dinner parties with 13 guests.
12.) The risk of being in a car crash on any Friday is higher than other days of the week.
13.) Notable deaths that fell on Friday the 13th include Tupac Shakur (9.13.96) Julia Child (8.13.04) and Tim
14.) There’s an estimated $800 million to $900 million loss in business on Friday the 13th because people won’t fly or do business as they would normally.
15.) Alfred Hitchcock was born on the 13th, and Friday, Aug. 13, 2014, would have been his 115th birthday.
16.) Many Western hotels omit the 13th floor. Many airlines don’t have a 13th row in seating. Hospitals often skip the 13th floor.
17.) Black cats in India: In 1939, French Lick Springs enacted the credence that black cats must wear bells on Friday, Oct. 13th to ease fears.
18.) In 1913, a New York pastor offered to marry couples for free on Friday the 13th.
19.) On Oct. 13, 1307, officers of King Philip IV of France raided the homes of thousands of these Crusades warriors, imprisoning them on charges of illegal activities. Though the charges weren’t proven, more than a hundred died as the result of torture.
20.) Fidel Castro was born on Friday the 13th, in August 1926.
21.) For pagans, 13 is actually a lucky number. It corresponds with the number of full moons in a year.
22.) Napoleon and President Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.
23.) Mark Twain once was the 13th guest at a dinner party. “It was bad luck,” Twain later told the friend. “They only had food for 12.”
24.) Superstitious diners in Paris can hire a quatorzieme, or professional 14th guest.